Search initiated – Elderly hunters fail to check in five days after they were expected

The search had begun for two missing hunters who were five days late checking in at press time.

Larry Slogan, 72 and Harry Roberts, 80, were reportedly supposed to be hunting in management area 726, around Kloch Lake or Takatoot Lake when they failed to check in with their local contact when expected by October 2, but no solid plan meant no one was notified until four days later.

The search had begun for two missing hunters who were five days late checking in at press time.

Larry Slogan, 72 and Harry Roberts, 80, were reportedly supposed to be hunting in management area 726, around Kloch Lake or Takatoot Lake when they failed to check in with their local contact when expected by October 2, but no solid plan meant no one was notified until four days later.

The pair are experienced hunters from Vancouver Island in good health for their respective ages, but this was their first time in this specific area.

An RCMP helicopter and float plane had both been called in to aid in the search, and the Fort St. James Search and Rescue had been contacted to begin helping in the search on Friday, October 7, as well as the conservation service, who will be in the area on the weekend.

Slogan and Roberts were driving a 2008 blue Chevrolet long box, crew cab pickup truck with a white Security Penthouse camper in the back and a small single axel trailer being pulled behind it.

The hunters were last seen on September 27, and while they are both competent woodsmen, the concern is increased due to their ages and the number of days before RCMP were notified.  As the search was being organized, the RCMP were struggling even to find a solid starting point, given the lack of a clear plan from the hunters.

Anyone with any information on the truck or two hunters can please contact the local RCMP at 996-8269 and reference file number 2011-2873. Anyone seeing the pair should make sure they contact the RCMP immediately.

 

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